History is New Zealand's only television channel purely dedicated to history, bringing the power and passion of the past to life. It not only satisfies New Zealand's ever-growing demand for historical programming - it stimulates our curiosity to know more about our world.
History has exclusive access to a vast library of the world's best historical and factual programming offering a high standard of quality in both production value and research - not just from every corner, but about every corner of the world.
There’s a reason they called it theoretical physics. No one really knew for sure what would happen when we split the atom. At Los Alamos, the famous scientist Enrico Fermi jokingly suggested a bet: the bomb would ignite the atmosphere – and end all life on earth. Not everyone thought it was funny. The sky did not catch fire, but the mushroom cloud over the New Mexico desert that day cast a long shadow. It began an explosive era of secrecy and fear that we still live with today. ATOMIC AGE DECLASSIFIED tells the untold stories of a time that brought us to the edge of human possibility – and the verge of total annihilation – more times than we ever knew.
NEFERTITI: THE LONELY QUEEN looks at the status of cultural treasures taken from their country of origin. Voices demanding repatriation are getting stronger - the resistance of the former Colonial powers holding on to these cultural cornerstones grows accordingly. Museum directors talk about why their institution is the rightful owner and custodian of certain objects. People demanding repatriation explain the necessity of guarding their cultural heritage in an accessible place in the home country. This is only one part of the big picture. Among other stories NEFERTITI -THE LONELY QUEEN looks at the current situation in the Middle East and how that affects the cultural heritage of certain areas. The invasion of Iraq and the revolutions in Egypt in Libya led to mayhem in the cultural heritage domain: we have seen many looted museums and looted archaeological sites. This has not stopped. We see how the Islamic State is selling looting licenses to entrepreneurs and professional art thieves. Looting now takes place on industrial scale.
Often the story of WWII is told from 1 September 1939 with Germany's invasion of Poland. However, empires had been in conflict since Japan's invasion of China in 1937. The war encompassed the world in 1941 when the Japanese attacked the American airbase at Pearl Harbor, only to end with a new weapon for a new age. Interviews with eyewitnesses from all major theatres of war interlace images of events captured in the British Movietone Archive, providing living testimony to those moments in time.
From the award-winning producers of Showtime's THE CIRCUS and History's 15 SEPTEMBERS LATER, Where Is Angel (wt) is a two-hour documentary that for the first time takes viewers inside the flight deck of Air Force One, as well as cockpits and command centres across the country, on one of the most fateful days in U.S. history - 9/11. From these unique vantage points, we experience the struggles of the nation's leaders, and members of the civilian and military chain of command, as they grapple with the unforeseen nature and extent of the deadly attack. Utilizing high-level interviews with all involved, we will watch as they confront challenges from the most basic (How do we communicate with each other?), to the profound: Are our defences pointed in the right direction? What response will calm a country under siege? How do we strike back against a terrorist attack?
Take a trip to France to discover the construction secrets to some of its most legendary megastructures. See how Napoléon the 1st instigated many constructions that are anchored in the Parisian landscape. The Arc de Triomphe, the Vendôme Column, the Palais de la Bourse, the church of La Madeleine, the building of bridges and piercing of canals…
By 1944, as the Reich was crumbling, Hitler gave detailed orders for the destruction of Paris. He wanted the monuments and all the bridges mined and the city reduced to a "pile of rubble". General von Choltitz, the last Nazi commander in charge of Paris, famously claimed he saved the City of Light. But what really happened?
Myths die hard, and the history of the 20th century is no exception to this rule. Even today, we hold popular beliefs that we take for Evangelical truths. Thus, we believe that Hiroshima caused Japan to surrender, that the Marshall Plan saved Europe, that Adolf Hitler was a military genius, or that Mao Zedong was a necessary evil for China’s modernization. Of course, these judgments contain some truth; but, too broad-stroked to be accurate, they contradict the historical reality by denying its complexity. What if the truth was slightly different? Through an exploration of great national or international myths, this full archive documentary collection revisits the key moments of the 20th century with a new perspective in order to provide a new, smarter and more subtle interpretation, bringing elements to light that have been forgotten or sometimes overshadowed.
The world is peppered with examples of incredible engineering projects and buildings designed to make life easier for those that used them, amaze those that came to see them – and make money for those that ordered, designed and built them. They were the stuff of dreams. Often, as we’ll see in these shows, on occasion enormous engineering problems had to me resolved, obstacles overcome and new innovations employed just to get them built in the first place. Alas, a great number of these remarkable structures have now been abandoned, cast aside like enormous expensive out-of-date toys, never to be used in the ways for which they were intended. Some fell prey to political arguments and financial problems or were perhaps unable to defy the passing years, the pace of new technologies or the vagaries of fads and fashion. Others failed because they were simply monstrous testimonies to the vanity, greed and sheer stupidity of the people that built them.
Michael Portillo returns to America to continue his railroad adventures. Over the course of the series, Michael travels the largest rail network in the world using his 1879 Appleton’s General Guide to help him to understand the America of today. Series two sees Michael make two epic journeys. Beginning in St Louis, Missouri, the Gateway to the West, he travels more than 1,200 miles to the Grand Canyon in Arizona. In his second journey, he follows the Mississippi river from the Twin Cities of the northern state of Minnesota, Minneapolis-St Paul, to Memphis, Tennessee, in the Deep South.
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